Neil Young & Crazy Horse Forced to Cancel Tel Aviv Concert

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Global Festival in NYC, 2012

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By Jeremy D. Larson

Neil Young & Crazy Horse were scheduled to play Tel Aviv, Israel this Thursday, July 17, but have been forced to cancel the event amid escalating violence in the region.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Neil Young wrote:

“It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace.”

Rolling Stone reports that near 30,000 people had purchased tickets to the show, which would have marked Young’s first performance in Israel since the 1990s.

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Young also added, “I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat, two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”



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